THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IS NEAR!!!

HELLO FOLKS.  I know everyone is in the festive mood with the onset of Diwali. Diwali (or Deepavali) traditionally celebrated as a great Hindu festival during the month of October end, basically means a ROW OF CLAY LAMPS. Yeah! We weren’t much aware of that. But yes, its the festival of lights. The festival which marks the victory of good over evil. A very well known proverb which says “LIGHT CAN DEVOUR THE DARKNESS, BUT DARKNESS CANNOT CONSUME THE LIGHT” goes good with the basic aim of this celebration.

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Diwali basically originated as harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.

It is the national festival for Indians and we celebrate it with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.

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However, ensuring a safe celebration is a must.Here are some of my suggested tips to celebrate this Diwali safely.

  1. Clothes

Bursting firecrackers is something everyone including children and adults enjoy. To avoid any accident with fire it is recommended that you wear cotton clothes and stay away from synthetic material.

  1. Quality of crackers

You must purchase firecrackers from legal manufacturers and ensure that you go through the instructions before actually bursting them. Good quality firecrackers reduce the risk of a dangerous mishap. Don’t let firecrackers ruin neither your health nor anyone’s. its a festival to spread happiness so try making it a bit Eco-friendly by saying “no”to crackers and “yes” to joy and sweets.:P

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  1. Instructing children

Before taking your children out in the open to burst crackers, it is highly important for you to instruct them about the usage of firecrackers and educate them about the appropriate ways to do so. Supervising them while they are having a fun time with crackers is of utmost importance.

  1. Fire extinguisher

Having a fire extinguisher in close proximity to the area where you are bursting firecrackers is very essential. Even a bucket of water or sand would be useful to tackle an unexpected fire.

  1. Closed areas

It is critical to note that you must never burst firecrackers in a closed area. Doing so can lead to a massive hazard in case of fire breaking.

  1. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit should be a handy while you or your kids are enjoying the fireworks. In case there is a minor injury, it can be treated immediately at home.

  1. Discarding used fireworks

Dispose of the used firecrackers immediately and carefully. You can either put it in a bucket full of water or put sand on them in order to put out its heat.

  1. Candles and Diyas

diwali is all about beautiful candles and diyas spreading their light and happiness. However, keeping lit candles and diyas at home can cost you dearly at times. You must make sure that there aren’t any curtains or inflammable materials close to them.

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  1. Pet Safety

Pets are a part of the family for animal lovers. But diwali can be an agonizing time for the animals due to the extreme noise all around. Try to sensitize your pet to the noises by playing similar sounds beforehand. Also, try not to leave your pet alone and do keep they away from firecrackers.

  1. Sensitivity

It is important to celebrate festivals with utmost sensitivity and care. Using firecrackers that do not create a lot of noise can be the first step towards being sensitive to your fellow neighbors and friends. Too much noise pollution can be harmful for everyone, especially senior citizens.

Diwali is the festival of lights and not a festival of sound. so what do you think are firecrackers the only way to celebrate even if it harms our environment?  I don’t see why every single household needs to buy a ton of firecrackers, just to enjoy Diwali. It’s a celebration that families have, to illuminate their lives and to acknowledge that there is light, at the end of the day. what do you think about this? does our real enjoyment comes only by harming our mother nature and that too while celebrating the gifts of nature(diwali being the harvest festival) .We fully understand the ill-effects of crackers yet we continue to burst them, paying no heed to the consequences they have on other people. It all starts with each individual, try and make the environment a better place to live in.

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Spread happiness this Diwali and celebrate this beautiful festival joyously with your loved ones and keep them and yourself safe. Hope you all liked my article and would ensure safety first and enjoy this diwali. Wish you all a happy and blessed diwali in advance. Next week we will be back with a new topic for talk back Thursday. Till then, sayonara and enjoy your day.

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